“The question is not if Jesus is alive in us, the question is are we alive to Jesus alive in us?”
Love, truth, grace, mercy, forgiveness and compassion are not just what we receive from God in and through our relationship with Christ Jesus, but also what we carry as a result of it. The moment we are born again, we are are quickened by The Spirit of God to the things of God. We become pregnant with Promise and co-heirs with Christ. We are seated at the right hand of The Father in Heavenly places with Christ Jesus as Sons and Daughters of The Most High God. In short, by “coming to” ourselves we embark upon a journey of “becoming” ourselves.
When we receive Jesus, we not only receive salvation for our souls for all Eternity, but also the privilege of outworking that salvation through the power of The Holy Spirit ALIVE on the inside of us. The same Spirit that raised Christ Jesus from the dead now dwells within us. So, the question is not if Jesus is alive in us, because He is; the question is are WE alive to Jesus alive in us?
What do I mean by that? Let’s try and unpack this together.
Jesus is the very embodiment of Agape Love, unceasing Grace, unreasonable Forgiveness, unfathomable Joy, unrelenting Mercy. As His chosen vessels, we thus become instruments in the Hands of God to extend the same that we have received extravagantly to the world we find ourselves positioned in, whether it is family, marriage, business, workplace, community or neighborhood. The degree to which we allow ourselves to be schooled by the Holy Spirit, thereby birthing the fruits of the Holy Spirit ( love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control) is the degree to which we will be able to extend the same to our neighbors and become increasingly transformed and conformed to the image of Christ. This is both, the strength and the supreme delight of our walk with The Lord: the process of transformation.
Where we once succumbed to the lusts and passions of this world at the expense of how it was damaging our souls, we are now convicted by the Holy Spirit; but it is entirely upto us to obey or override. The more we learn to obey when God is dealing with the issues of our heart, the quicker we pass the test and graduate to the next level. Where we once would have easily lost our temper, now the Spirit of The Living God intervenes and gives us both, the strength and the willingness to choose better. As we slowly yield and surrender, we will find ourselves in the midst of a journey that only goes from glory to glory.
The Bible puts it like this,
” The way of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, which shines ever brighter until the full light of day.”
This verse clearly talks of “the way” of the righteous. I believe that if we are to truly experience the fullness of the life that God has in store for us, then we will have made a truly smart decision to yield to “the way” of The Holy Spirit, honoring and co-partnering with what God is doing IN us and then THROUGH us. The more Christ-like we allow Him to make us, the more He will be able to use us as hands and feet of Jesus in the Earth, needless to say that opportunities, resources and relationships will inevitably follow and find us. We are all familiar with what I will quote once again because this Truth etched out in our inmost being is able to unleash EVERYTHING that God has put on our hearts,
“Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.”
I believe the deeper we allow the Holy Spirit to go in us, the more The Father is able to trust us; trust us with greater blessings, favor and finances. To be a good steward on the level we are on is a prerequisite before He elevates us to the next. And the only way to be a good steward of time, talent and treasure is to have allowed ourselves to be humble enough to learn from who I consider the greatest Teacher on planet Earth – The Holy Spirit of God.
It is The Holy Spirit that we are sealed with who teaches us to reach out or hold back, to to speak up or exercise restraint, to go forth with marching orders or stand still and watch the salvation of The Lord. He is our Friend, Comforter and Counselor- things that we too ought to feel like to the world around and about us. He is Jesus ALIVE in us. But the question that persists is simply this: are we alive to Him?
Because if we are, then we would know what it is to forgive that person we have held a grudge against for far too long, to love that person who seems a tad bit too difficult to handle, to show genuine empathy to that friend who has had to endure an illness that was both, unexpected and too long extended, to reach out with compassion to that co-worker whose marriage that seemed to possess much promise for the future simply fell apart without caution; in short, to be salt and light in a lost and broken world.
Bill Johnson puts it like this,
“The Holy Spirit is in you and He wants out. He is in you as a river, not a lake.”
Rivers flow, lakes are rather still. Rivers merge with one another, lakes are rather self-contained. Rivers symbolize movement, lakes exemplify placidity. And Jesus promised us that out of our innermost being will flow continually RIVERS of living water.
Friends, let us not restrict the flow that God has begun in and through our lives. The more alive we are to the Truth that Jesus is alive within us , and the more we allow Him to work through us, guess what the inevitable outcome will be?
We will see more of Jesus AROUND us.